The Detroit Tigers split the two game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers with a 7-6 win in extra innings courtesy of a 10th inning home run by Victor Martinez. V-Mart went 3 for 3 with a homer 2 RBI and continues to swing a bat for the Tigers.
The extra innings heroics wouldn’t have been necessary without the blown save by Joe Nathan in the bottom of the ninth. Nathan entered the game with a three run lead in the bottom of the ninth but blew the save after surrendering a home run to Dodgers slugger Adrian Gonzalez.
The bullpen redeemed themselves however in the bottom of the tenth as Ian Krol and Al Alburquerque combined for a scoreless 10th pushing the Tigers record to 5-2.
Despite redeeming themselves in the 10th, the Tigers bullpen remains a major concern. Closer Joe Nathan confessed to having a dead arm yesterday while Joba Chamberlain and Phil Coke continue to carry gas cans with them every time they head to the mound. The Tigers escaped with the win this time but it will be increasingly difficult if the bullpen continues to be unreliable.
No Evan Reed
The strongest performer out of the bullpen this season has been Evan Reed. However, Reed has yet to pitch on the road trip after allegations surfaced of a sexual assault on a Royal Oak woman. The Tigers have not suspended Reed but he has not been used in a game since the allegations surfaced over the weekend. He might see the mound again in San Diego this weekend as the Tigers battered bullpen will need a fresh arm if trouble starts to brew late in the game.
Casty Goes Yard
Tigers rookie third baseman Nick Castellanos hit his first home run of the season, a three run shot of Josh Beckett in the third inning. Casty is off to strong start this season batting .353 with 1 home run and 4 RBI.